Cliff Lee improved to 8-1 on the season with a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals. The Indians were able to manufacture five runs on eight hits, while the Royals put up an impressive thirteen hits against the Indians. The pitching for the Indians continues to be solid and this is a series that the Indians should pick up three wins and head to Texas with a head of steam.
Jake Westbrook made his first start since being placed on the DL on April 22nd of 2008. Westbrook worked for six innings, giving up three earned before handing the ball over to Rafael Betancourt, who acquired a two run cushion. Betancourt surrendered three runs in the seventh that proved to be enough to hold off the Indians. The Indians have now won two of their last ten and find themselves falling in the A.L. Central. Something has to change if this team wants to make it to the show.
Fausto Carmona is expected to be out of the rotation for four weeks. An MRI exam of Carmona’s left hip shows a moderate strain of an exterior muscle. There is good news, however, there is no interior damage which makes the injury much less severe. With Carmona out the Indians will likely place the right hander, Jake Westbook back into the rotation in place of the injured Carmona.
The Indians lost another game Thursday, bringing the streak to a disheartening six straight games. The loss makes it two consecutive series in which the Tribe has been swept. The Indians again received a quality start from Aaron Laffey and were unable to produce the runs needed to win. The Indians manufactured one run on just two hits, while Aaron Laffey surrendered only two runs on six hits in seven innings of work. The Indians pitching will have to try to cool down the smoking hot bats of the Texas Rangers this weekend, who scored 18 runs in the las to games, in order to get back on track.
The Indians have dropped five straight games, but there is no need to panic. Though the Indians have lost five straight, there are a few positives to look at. The Pitching staff has not been dominant, but besides the game tonight, they have kept the opponents within striking range of a pretty potent offense. The offense was not firing on all cylinders, but a few hits in different positions and they could have won any of the last five. It is a matter of timing and once the two mechanisms are calibrated the team will have all the makings of a playoff caliber team.
With a solid pitching performance from Aaron Laffey the Cleveland Indians extend their winning streak to six straight games. The Indians have yet to drop a series in the month of May and have lost only two games thus far. The effort that is coming out of the starting line-up must be obtained as the Indians head across staight to face interleague opponents, the Cincinatti Reds in a three game series.
The Indians have won five straight games, or seven out of their last eight. This swing of success can be attributed to the starting pitching staff. The starters for Cleveland have been lights out, with each starter achieving a quality start in the last five games. If these pitchers continue to roll like this, there is a good chance that the Indians can pull away with what has been, thus far, an extremely weak division.
May 10, 1948 at Fenway Park
Indians 4, Red Sox 1 (9-4)
Bob Feller held the Red Sox to just one run as he pitched into the tenth inning to lead the Indians to their third straight game. He gave up eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings.
Ken Keltner had a huge day at the plate. He went three for four with two solo homers. Lou Boudreau went three for five with a double and an RBI.
May 10, 1948 at Fenway Park
Indians 9, Red Sox 5 (10-4)
This game started out on a discouraging note as Indians’ starter Russ Christopher was knocked around for three runs in the first inning. He didn’t even pitch out of it but after that, the Indians piled on the offense to win their fourth straight game. Ken Keltner and Larry Doby both went yard in the contest and Dale Mitchell went two for four with two runs and an RBI.
Ed Klieman picked up the win for the Indians. He gave up just one hit in 2 1/3 innings of relief.
May 8, 1948 at Griffith Park
Indians 6, Senators 1 (8-4)
Gene Bearden made his first major league start today and it was a good one. He pitched the Indians to a win and he gave up one run on three hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings. The only run against him didn’t come until the ninth inning.
Larry Doby hit a monster shot eighth inning. His homerun hit the loud speaker in centerfield, which is 408 ft. away from home plate and 35 feet high. It was the first homerun to straight away centerfield since Babe Ruth did it in 1920. Thurman Tucker had a nice game and he singled three times and scored a run.
May 7, 1948 at Griffith Stadium
Indians 8, Senators 0 (7-4)
The Indians ended their four game skid in grand fashion with a 8-0 beatdown over the Senators. Bob Lemon got the win and he was impressive in a four hit shutout. He walked two and struck out five in the impressive start.
Lemon also helped out his own cause at the plate with three hits. Joe Gordon had a nice game and he singled, doubled, homered, drove in three and scored twice.
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